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Brokedown Palace [Kindle Edition]

Steven Brust
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Back in print after a decade, Brokedown Palace is a stand-alone fantasy in the world of Steven Brust's bestselling Vlad Taltos novels.
Once upon a time…far to the East of the Dragaeran Empire, four brothers ruled in Fenario:
King Laszlo, a good man—though perhaps a little mad; Prince Andor, a clever man—though perhaps a little shallow; Prince Vilmos, a strong man—though perhaps a little stupid; and Prince Miklos, the youngest brother, perhaps a little—no, a lot-stubborn.
Once upon a time there were four brothers—and a goddess, a wizard, an enigmatic talking stallion, a very hungry dragon—and a crumbling, broken-down palace with hungry jhereg circling overhead. And then…

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Editorial Reviews


"Brust is an indubitable master of swashbuckling high fantasy."
--Booklist on Five Hundred Years After

"Steven Brust just might be America's best fantasy writer."
--Tad Williams on Steven Brust

"Watch Steven Brust. He's good. He moves fast. He surprises you. Watching him untangle the diverse threads of intrigue, honor, character and mayhem from amid the gears of a world as intricately constructed as a Swiss watch is a rare pleasure."
--Roger Zelazny on Steven Brust

"Delightful, exciting and sometimes brilliant, Steven Brust is the latest in a line of great Hungarian writers, which (I have no doubt) includes Alexandre Dumas, C. S. Forester, Mark Twain, and the author of the juciest bits of the Old Testament."
--Neil Gaiman on Steven Brust

About the Author

Steven Brust is the author of numerous fantasy novels, including Jhereg, Yendi, Teckla, and Orca. He lives in Minneapolis.

Product Details

  • File Size: 858 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books (September 5, 2006)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085WU9V0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brust takes fantasy in unexpected directions June 7, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brokedown Palace is not high fantasy. It is not the story of the Great and Noble (or the Simple and Humble) Overcoming Great Evil. It is, rather, about four brothers dealing with themselves and each other during some extraordinary events in their lives. But Brust integrates the magical and fantastic with the ordinary in surprising and unusual ways. The focus is always on the relationships of the characters, and Brust uses a brief, sketchy style to paint what is at heart a very complex portrait.

Set in the world of Brust's Vlad Taltos series - albeit in a completely different part - Brokedown Palace offers some tantalizing hints of how the pieces of these very different stories may fit together. I read Brokedown Palace before the Taltos books, and have found additional pleasure in re-reading it since then.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at the Deadication July 14, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
That is not a misspelling of dedication, the book is Deadicated to the members and lyric writers of the Grateful Dead in the mid-80's. All the "legends" are created from various Grateful Dead songs. For example, the boy trying to win the Princess meets the Demon Goddess in three guises, one twice his age, one twice his height, and one twice his weight. That's a reference to the song "I Need a Miracle". The wolf sleeping by the stream where the woodcutter's son finds the silver mine is a reference to the song "Cassidy". There is no Dead album called "Brokedown Palace" it's a song from the "American Beauty" album.
"River gonna take me, sing me sweet and sleepy..."
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Brust's best December 9, 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Steven Brust had outdone himself. Brokedown Palace is a book written in the style of a Hungarian folk tale, with all of the dark, gothic mystery, and none of the Disney-esque cuteness. This is not a children's fairy tale. The characters are complex, and the plot is both powerful and subtle. Devoted readers of Brust may notice the veiled references to the world of his Taltos series; the connection makes a fantastic book even more enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Political Exposition Than Fantasy September 9, 2013
Brokedown Palace is a fantasy fable, as told by Stephen Brust.

The tale itself is set in the Dragaeran world of Vlad Taltos in the human (Easterner) kingdom of Fenario, which borders the land of Faerie (Dragaera). Legend tells that mighty Fenarr established the land and brought it peace by riding a Taltos horse (talking horse) across the mountains into Faerie, where he took up the magic sword Allam, and forced the lords of Faerie to swear to leave his people alone forever. (Of course, another view of the legend of Fenarr is found in The Phoenix Guards, where we see him from the Faerie (Dragaera) view point.)

If you are interested in reading this book because it is set in Brust's Dragaera, I would feel remiss in not pointing out that - while the dragaera are mentioned at various times in the story - they have little part in the actual plot of this tale. So be forewarned.

The majority of the action in Brokedown Palace takes place within the confines of the actually Palace of the Fenario Kings, which has become a crumbling ruin. There King Laszlò, the oldest of four brothers, rules in his father's stead, aware of the decay of his home but steadfastly determined to maintain the status quo. With him resides his three brothers: Prince Andor, the second oldest, is a man seeking meaning in his life; Prince Vilmos is a giant of a man, endowed with physical strength and limited intellect - or so it seems; and lastly, Miklòs, who is the deep thinker of the family.

Our tale begins with Miklòs and King Laszlò having argued, and the younger brother throwing himself into the mighty river beside the palace to save his life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book - A "Fairy Tale" in the old sense February 12, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite Brust book (and I like Brust). This book clearly fits into the Vlad series, SOMEHOW, but also has a great deal to do with the album containing its namesake song... You can find nearly all (if not all) of the songs alluded to, and yes, it pretty much starts "on its hands and knees by the riverside".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Book February 17, 2007
I bought a new book and read it. It was "Brokedown Palace". My initial interest was because it had a really cool cover, the back was intriguing with a very encouraging quote from Tad Williams (author of the Memory, Sorry, Thorn trilogy) and a brief blurb about the characters.

The book was difficult to read at first as it was written very carefree. Almost as if intended to be read in discourse and not silently. After the introduction however, which was 1/3 of the book, it began to transition into a normal story. Included between chapters were interludes that didn't seem to make sense, but upon completing the book, you realize that everything is building into a climax of understanding on why the book is called "Brokedown Palace".

An odd book, yet very good I think. It's worthy of some discussion. It reminded me of "The Light Princess" by MacDonald for some reason. Perhaps because it seems to be speaking on a few levels.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my hand and my knees by the Riverside April 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brokedown Palace fits into the Taltos tales, some how, some way. IT's from the other side of the coin, the mortal rather than faerie side, at least in some ways, and it's written in an offbeat, quietly friendly way that gives even the bad guy an almost benign feeling.
I think it's Brust's second best. (His best would be To Reign in Hell, no doubt.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read, but worth it!
It had been a while since I read Steven, and it took a while to get back into his writing style.

However, his dry humor and understated narrative works for me, as long... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kristi Cramer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Fairy Tale of a Book
I found Brokedown Palace to be a superbly interesting read. It is important to understand from the outset that this work is more of a fairy tale or an allegory than a traditional... Read more
Published 15 months ago by d20 Despot
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow beginning, expected ending, unexpected middle
I liked the writing style of the story, but it took a bit of reading to get into the world it inhabited. Read more
Published 21 months ago by too complicated
1.0 out of 5 stars Brust, for worst
When Brust is good, he's outstanding. When he's not, he's atrocious. This is atrocious. As an anti-God screed, it still comes over as fingernails on a chalkboard. Read more
Published on January 17, 2013 by Laurel Lowrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I got the book a long time ago and I loved it. As a person of Hungarian ancestry it was great to find a book with us in mind. Steven Brust is a great writer.
Published on December 19, 2012 by Tommy
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at life on the other side of the mountains.
As with most of Brust's books, I've read this one over 20 times. Not because parts of it went over my head, but because I found it THAT intriguing and entertaining. Read more
Published on August 13, 2011 by John Linde
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy addition to any Brust collection
There are few fantasists who can create characters and places as fully realized as Stephen Brust. Set in the same world as his "Vlad Taltos" cycle, this novel has all new... Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by Julie W. Capell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Brust Novel Back in Print
Brokedown Palace is more than just a Brust's Dragaeran novel from the point of view of Humans (Easterners). Read more
Published on May 29, 2010 by James D. DeWitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dragaera novel, as always.
Brust is the master of experimental voice and vernacular, even in this earliest Dragaera work.
Published on January 19, 2009 by S. Shoptaugh
2.0 out of 5 stars nice but no cigar
i have been a Fan of Mr. Brust's work for quite some time now, and i have read all the Dragaeran novels. Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by Nissan Chesler
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